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The Late Late Late Show – London Scottish 27 – 3 Wharfedale

The Late Late Late Show – London Scottish 27 – 3 Wharfedale

London Scottish showed tremendous resolution and character in the second half of the match against a dogged Wharfedale side and extended their winning sequence to eighteen matches. The bonus point gained ensured that the pressure at the top of the league is maintained.

London Scottish showed tremendous resolution and character in the second half of the match against a dogged Wharfedale side and extended their winning sequence to eighteen matches. The bonus point gained ensured that the pressure at the top of the league is maintained.

Wharfedale kicked off the match towards the sports club end of the ground on an overcast, but dry day. The pitch was very heavy after a number of persistent days of rain, which made the going very difficult throughout the match. The early stages of the match were dominated by forwards play as Scottish fought against a Wharfedale team, who had clear intentions of containing the rampant Scottish side.

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Wharfedale opened the scoring on 11 minutes, after Scottish were penalised for a late tackle by winger Howells. Wharfedale's Centre Davidson converted, after seeing his two previous penalty attempts falling short. On the 20 minute mark, winger Holgate caught the ball out wide and went on a mazy run for 30 metres only to be held up short in the Wharfedale 22m and at the subsequent ruck and maul Scottish knocked on. On 24 minutes the Wharfedale winger Horsfell was held up short of the Scottish line after a certain try saving tackle by centre Trueman. Wharfedale were exceptionally good at the breakdown and contained Scottish for the majority of the first half, however Scottish opened their account shortly before the end of the first half when the forwards drove into the Wharfedale 22m. Scottish were awarded a penalty after one of the Wharfedale forwards infringed at the ruck with fly half Brown converting to leave the half time score all square at the break 3 – 3.

Scottish kicked off the second half with the wind behind them and full back Bordiss immediately caught the ball from the kick off and went on a rampaging run through the Wharfedale defence. He was eventually tackled in the Wharfedale 22m and at the following ruck, Scottish re-cycled the ball with No 8 Lipp taking the ball just short of the Wharfedale line. Scottish eventually drove over with prop Clarke emerging with the ball. Brown converted to make the score 3 – 10. Eight minutes later Scottish increased their lead, when centre McDougall received a long looping pass and put on the after burners to speed down the wing past the chasing Wharfedale defence. Brown missed the difficult kick out wide to leave the score 3 – 15. Scottish now had their tails up and began to exert enormous pressure on the Wharfedale defence. The Wharfedale defence held firm, however after 75 minutes the Scottish backs moved the ball out wide for winger Howells to score his 16th try of the season. Brown missed the conversion. Scottish then laid siege on the Wharfedale try line in order to secure the bonus point try. Scottish kicked into the corner after Wharfedale were penalised for not allowing the player to run 10m after a quick Scottish penalty. At the subsequent line out Scottish caught and drove forward and were held up short. After a number of re-set scrums, No 8 Lipp drove over to secure the bonus as the game went into extra time with the last play of the match. Brown converted to leave a final score 27 – 3.

The Scottish team dug deep in this match to maintain their winning sequence. Full credit to the Wharfedale side who restricted Scottish for large parts of the match, however Scottish played to the final whistle and received their rewards in the end. Sometimes you just have to win ugly and this match was one of those occasions. Five more points in the bank and the team will now focus on next week's game against a Cinderford team, who have turned things around recently and are fighting for their lives in the relegation survival battles. Scottish will no doubt be wary and will be ready for the challenge they present. Look out for the match preview later in the week.

Front row forward Tom Standfield was awarded the First Cape Man of the Match

 

Home Team
Tries: Clarke, MacDougall, Howells, Lipp

Pen: Brown

Con: Brown x 2

Away Team
Pen: Davidson
Home Team
15 Bordiss, 14 Holgate, 13 MacDougall, 12 Trueman, 11 Howells, 10 J Brown, 9 Amor

1 Clarke, 2 Kwasnicki, 3 Standfield, 4 Newman, 5 J Brown, 6 O Brown, 7 Calder, 8 Lipp

Replacements: Kent, Johnston, Palmer, Walbyoff, McInroy

Away Team
15 Woodhead, 14 Black, 13 Monks, 12 Davison, 11 Horsfall, 10 Barrett, 9 Black

1 Steel, 2 Graham, 3 Hooper, 4 Allen, 5 Vaioleti, 6 Hughes, 7 Solomi, 8 Baldwin

Replacements: Mason, Larkin, Brwon, Druce, Taylor

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